By March 23, 2010

Vikings storm app store of Apple

OMG, OMG, they did it!

Norway is one of few countries in Europe that is too rich to be member of European Union empire – simply because they have huge reserves of oil in North Sea. Ancestors of Norwegians were Vikings, who not only were invading British islands (if you are an Englishman and blond: your ancestors were Vikings) but who also were the first (hundreds years before Christopher Columbus) Europeans who arrived to America.

Here: you can see count-up (reverse of count down) that measures number of hours since Opera company from Norway has submitted Opera Mini app for iPhone to Apple app store!

By now all “browsers” available in Apple app store are not real browsers but just apps that wrap around Safari web browsing control – i.e. they all use the very same rendering engine as Safari browser for iPhone.

If approved, Opera Mini – a browser that uses proxy servers to minimize web traffic – would be the first original browser to be approved by Apple.

Will it be approved? We wish! Opera Mini not only saves bandwidth but it is simply many times faster than Safari as you can see in video below. We reckon that there is no chance in hell that Apple will approve it… but iPhone fanboys can dream…

More info from Opera follows (credit: Katrin Jaakson – a hot Norwegian blonde from Opera – via email).

Opera Mini submitted to Apple’s App Store

Oslo, Norway – March 23, 2010 – Opera Mini for iPhone was officially submitted to the Apple iPhone App store today. A select few first saw it at Mobile World Congress 2010 in February. Now, the “fast like a rocket” browser is taking its first big step towards giving users a new way to browse on the iPhone.

Early reviews of Opera Mini for iPhone praised the sheer browsing speed, powering through Web pages up to six times faster than Safari. Due to server-side rendering, Opera Mini compresses data by up to 90 percent before sending it to the phone, resulting in rapid page loading and more Web per MB for the end user. Those familiar with iPhone roaming charges will relish Opera Mini’s ability to deliver more for less, giving users the Web they want quickly, without, the high costs.

“The Opera Mini for iPhone sneak peek during MWC told us that we have something special,” said Jon von Tetzchner, Co-founder, Opera Software. “Opera has put every effort into creating a customized, stylized, feature-rich and highly responsive browser that masterfully combines iPhone capabilities with Opera’s renowned Web experience, and the result is a high performing browser for the iPhone.”

Opera Mini is the world’s most popular mobile Web browser, famed for bringing the Web to nearly any mobile phone. Its speed, usability and navigation-friendly design have catapulted this browser onto more than 50 million mobile phones worldwide. Creating a version for iPhone is part of Opera’s mission to bring the Web to all platforms and all devices.

The demo video is available at:

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Apart from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, you might be interested also in Windows Phone!

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